first couple days at home

I am motivated only to do two things:

1. Hold her 24/7

2. Take as many pictures as possible to capture these first few days

She’s sleeping a lot…which I know won’t last long,

so I am enjoying cuddling and smelling her…I enjoy cuddling the boys, but not smelling them


Because I am only motivated to cuddle her and take pictures, I am soon going to lose her in the piles of laundry taking over the house

She is truly ours….LOVES being outside in the Oklahoma summer heat

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  • Jesse - She is so precious! Congrats! Love the name too!

  • amanda torres - I love the last pic. So stretched out. So peaceful. So like she doesn’t have 3 brothers awaiting in the wings. Maybe she’s already got the Jedi mind trick down.

  • Lauren - I’m glad to see the last picture, since I was there. Love it. I also love her amongst the laundry. Sometimes I wish I could hide in my laundry…perferably clean laundry!

  • trish - she is SUCH a doll baby! did your boys have hair this dark?

  • Sophie - Oh, Ashley, she is aboslutely stunning. Such a perfect little bundle of love.
    And those are some beautiful pictures you took of her, too (:

  • Stephanie - SOOOO precious! And I adore the name. She is such a doll! Cannot wait to see her in person.

  • monique - ohhhh sweet! Congratulations! She is absolutely adorable!

  • Emily Lusk - What great pics of her! Hard to get motivated to do anything else when there is such a cute baby around to look at! :) Enjoy this time!

  • christina larsen - So precious and look at all of her hair. Did your boys have that much hair when they were born? Have fun cuddling the bundle, they grow sooooo fast.

  • barbara - what a beauty! congrats to you and your family :)

  • amy stamm - soooo sweet! ENJOY~!
    :)

  • Kenna S - I love the pic of her laying on the laundry. After 5 months, I can tell you that it won’t be much better. Just love on her and everything else will fall into place!

  • sheridan - Those are the greatest things you can be doing right now! So happy for you all!

  • Shannon Phillips - Ooooh, I can only imagine how sweet she must smell! There is nothing better than the scent of a brand new baby girl.

  • Emily Beaty - Congratulations!! Breese is such a pretty name – I LOVE the first and last images of this set. So sweet. :)

  • stephanie - she is beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Heath - I love, love, LOVE these pictures. The one of her sprawled on the blanket is so fun. What a beautiful baby girl!

  • Jeannette Swan - No baby of mine would love to be outside unless leaves or snow is on the ground! She is precious – enjoy her and just ignore the laundry piles.

  • Katherine Marie - What an absolute doll!! A huge and heartfelt congrats as you welcome your new little sweetheart into your family. Her innocence is breathtaking. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful. I hope you enjoy these first glorious days together!!!

  • Jill J - Oh, what a wonderful time you must be having! I know what you mean about smelling boys. They have a “dirty dog” smell straight from the shower. :)

  • melanie - She is so beautiful Ash! I get teary-eyed looking at her!

  • Jennifer K. - I love the last pic of her outside! That is great! She really must be comfortable to be all stretched out like that!!

Introducing my daughter….

Wow…choosing a name for our daughter was so much harder than the boys. Name meaning/signifcance is important to us. We look forward to the days in the future when we can tell our kids why they received the names they did and why we pray certain things over them. With that said, I would like to share with you about our daughter’s name. We’ve given her my grandmother’s maiden name. If you knew my grandma, you knew she was a firecracker of a woman. Small in stature and big in presence. She was deeply committed to and loved her family. She was simple, liked simple things and could make one killer blackberry cobbler.  I’ve spent most Saturday nights (from childhood to the present) at her home – gathered with my loud and fun family. She LOVED my boys and lit up when they would barrel through the door. Grandma passed away on Mother’s Day 2008, she never got to meet a great-granddaughter. I can only imagine the joy she would have had to see little girl with a big ole’ bow on her head.  A couple of months ago my grandpa mentioned how happy grandma would have been to meet my daughter. Then he asked when she was due. When I told him “July”, he responded, “I knew it. She’s going to be your firecracker.” We pray that in many ways she would grow up to be a bit of a firecracker that deeply loves her family, is committed and loyal to those she is around, that she would appreciate the simpicities of life and that she would leave a strong legacy behind her.

Her middle name means “fair warrior”. For obvious reasons “fair warrior” is a great meaning for a girl with three big brothers. We love this name for many other reasons. We pray that she would be a warrior for those that can’t fight for themselves, a voice for those who can’t be a voice for themselves…one who is not afraid to defend the defenseless and is willing to give of herself to fight battles so much greater than she is….that she would make an eternal difference. While doing all that we pray she is “fair” in the sense of feminine. That she can embrace and appreciate the uniquely feminine way God created her and placed her in a home with big brothers that she will likely want to imitate. We look forward to the breath of ‘fair and girly’ air she brings to our family….

And, of course, a few pictures from the hospital….

This one just cracks me up…looks like she already picked up some mad karate skills from her brother.

When we put the dress on her she was not too happy about it. Then once the flower hat went on, she was totally good. I guess she is a hat girl.

For those wondering why we are just now sharing her name, it was important to me that I get to tell my grandpa her name. I didn’t want it to get back to him, so I waited to post it online. We drove straight from the hospital to his house. Naturally (and perfectly) we found him in his favorite place – outside in his garden. This is me introducing her to him…

For obvious reasons I won’t be doing daily posts for a while, but I’ll still be posting…..

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  • Jenn - What a beautiful story! Welcome Breese!

  • christina larsen - Welcome to the big wide world Breese. What a wonderful story of her name and what an amazing future that she will have. Thanks for sharing. She is gorgeous.

  • Serena - What a Beautiful Name…Breese! I love her story…she is precious and very blessed!

  • Jolene - Oh welcome to the world little Breese! And what a beautiful, thoughtful, meaningful name. She’s utterly gorgeous…well done, you clever mama you! (And you’re *really* not helping the baby fever with that little dumpling!!!)

  • meredithj - Congratulations on your sweet, precious baby girl! She is absolutely beautiful! With a gorgeous name to match! LOVE it!!!! Well worth the wait. ;) And I love, love, love all the sweet thought that went into her name. Perfect!!! Welcome to the world sweet Breese!!!

  • Lisa - she is so beautiful!! the name is perfection! i have to admit i got a little teary when i saw the pic of grandpa. i can imagine how touched he must have felt by her name.

  • katie - I LOVE the name and the story behind it, Ashley! What a beautiful picture of your grandmother you shared, too! Good luck in the next few days of getting adjusted! :)

  • Trinity - BEAUTIFUL! ABSOLUTELY BEUTIFUL!

  • Erin - Beautiful in every way: the baby, the story, the name.

  • Jenn G. - What a perfect name for such an incredibly beautiful baby girl. The meaning and significance is wonderful and so well thought through. I hope she is a firecracker and will give her brothers a run for their money.

  • Melissa - What a perfect name…she is so beautiful and so is her name. Enjoy that little new baby girl…she makes my heart just melt.

    Love the pictures too!

  • Mandy Metcalf - Oh Breese is absolutely beautiful! I love her already. She is incredibly blessed to be part of your family. Oh precious… thanks so much for sharing.

  • Lauren - I love the significance of her name. She is such a blessing to your family and many others. I hope she is your firecracker…strong in spirit, and strong in love.

  • amy stamm - She is precious– I love all the pictures—her little legs are sooo long—and I love the krate one. Very very sweet and special one with your grandfather….What a neat family!!
    God Bless and ENJOY that bundle of joy!! Love her name!!! :)

  • Kari - Oh Ashley, how precious! I love the name and love the story behind her name! My favorite picture above is of Chris holding Breese in the black & white…it reminds me of the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Congratulations!

  • Emily Lusk - What a beautiful and special name! How can one not be a fire cracker with three older brothers!! :) Congratulations on such a beautiful baby girl! Hope you are getting some sleep and getting used to seeing a baby with bows on her head. :)

  • Jeannette Swan - Crying here!! Beautiful name for a beautiful girl!! How special and sweet you introducing her to your grandfather. I can’t wait to get to meet her in person, I just couldn’t bring myself to come visit in the hospital with all my kids in tow. Enjoy settling in!!

  • mary - CHRIS AND ASHLEY…SUCH A BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL FOR SUCH A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY. LOVE TO YOU ALL… MARY C.

  • Georgia Davis - I LOVE IT! Picking a little girls name is so hard and you guys did a great job.

  • bopha - I love her name and more importantly, I love the significance behind it. Your grandpa must have been so proud and touched.

  • meg duerksen - she’s beautiful. with a beautiful name.
    i wish i could cuddle her…and smell her head. :)

  • tanya - she is simply beautiful. and what a beautiful name–didn’t expect to have to pull out the tissues when checking in to the blog today. :) thanks for sharing her beautiful pix and story. be blessed!

  • patti - wow, congratulations! what a beautiful name and such great meaning. enjoy your new baby girl!!

  • Ashley - Tears came to my eyes when I saw the last picture. What a blessing! Welcome Breese!

  • Lisa Keen - Wow! I love the story behind her name! She is precious…congrats!

  • Sophie - Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful and has a name to match.
    May God give you a lifetime of wonderful years with your wonderful little angel.

  • Rachel - Wow….I was on the verge of tears the entire time I was reading this post…unti I saw your grandpa’s face…then, the tears flowed. I can’t imagine the great pride he feels knowing that the legacy of his Breese continues…..just beautiful.

  • Samantha - Oh my goodness!! Congratulations – she is just DARLING. I love her name, I love the pictures, and I especially love the look on your Grandpa’s face. Congrats!!!!

  • Melisa Colvin - She is absolutely beautiful! We are so happy for you and your family. We pray abundant blessings on your happy home.

  • amanda torres - I got a little emotional when you shared about your grandma and grandpa. Very awesome of you to carry on your grandma’s legacy. On a funnier note, I love Breese’s karate skills. Those will definitely come in handy!

  • Ethel White - Congratulations!!! What a PRECIOUS little girl. Love the name and it’s significance.
    Breese has the prettiest little hair line. GOD Blessings on the entire family.

  • Jill J - I just found your blog a few days ago (through Design Sponge) and I love it! Your photos are inspiring. Congratulations on the birth of beautiful Breese. I look forward to reading along with the others in the future.

  • Jami Helm - Congrats! I am so excited that you got a girl!I hope you are doing well. I look forward to seeing more pictures!

  • Charissa - Just curious. What is the meaning behind all the other names in the family? She is beautiful, enjoy these few short weeks that she is so tiny. You do remember how fast that changes, right?

  • Mindy - She is breathtaking!! And what a beautiful name it suits her! Congrats to you and your family I bet her big brothers are in love. Where did you find the white blanket with polka dots. It is so sweet. I’m expecting my first girl in September. Enjoy every second and thanks for sharing.

  • Michelle Murry - What a Beautiful expression of love to put such caring thoughtfulness into her name. It is perfectly wonderful and I am just sure that your grandfather could not have been more pleased. She is just as beautiful as her name. Enjoy even the hard times, they all pass so quickly.

  • Andrea Jett - Girl, you almost made me cry. Part sentimental, but mostly joy! For your whole family. Welcome to the girl world little momma! She is a lucky girl to have a family like yours. God bless!

  • Julia - What a beauty! Her name is perfectly fitting. I’m so happy for you all. Congrats!

  • Liz - She is so precious! I love her name and the story behind it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ashley S. - Wow, congratulations! She is just beautiful! I love the significance of her name.

  • Aunt Sandy - Just thought I would let you in on the conversation with Dad (grandpa in the pics). He called right after you left his house with Breese. I can’t remember the last time I heard so much excitment in his voice. He was beeming with pride and said Grandma would have loved the name, what an honor. He also asked me if you told me that he had big ole tears in his eyes when you intorduced him to Breese. Thanks for sharing the story of her name and putting the biggest smile on Grandpa’s (Dad’s) face I seen in a while.
    welcome to the family….Breese.

  • Melissa - Lovely name, lovely photos, have a wonderful time getting to know your new daughter

  • Jenny Collier - Congratulations Ashley and family! She is one gorgeous little girl.

  • Carrie Sowell - I’m speechless! I pray that she is truly that firecracker girl that I’m sure she will be. As those who have girls will probably agree with, little girls sure bring a different level of joy and excitement to a family. Enjoy bonding with her and I’ll call you soon!

  • Kenna S - What a precious baby girl! I know that you must be head over heels in love with her by now. I’m so happy for you and Chris. Enjoy all that pink!

  • Brenda Hillhouse - She is one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen! I love her name and the meaning that it holds. May God bless you and your family!

  • erin conrad - these are all so adorable and i love the story of her name. wow! beautiful.

  • Brooke Whitis - Just noticed that you said your grandmother was a “firecracker of a woman”….pretty fitting that her nickname is now Firecracker. I love it. :) She is getting so big.

entered the girl world {my daughter is here}

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She arrived this morning at 11:23am weighing a whopping 7lbs (my biggest baby yet!). She looks just like her brothers, but with a big flower on her cute head.

We are smitten and will post more pics later…name to be announced:)

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  • Anna - She is so beautiful…congrats!

  • Courtney Connelly - She is a cutie and sure does look like her brothers. Can’t wait to hold her! Love to the six of you!

  • Jill R - She is so beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Charissa - You just made that look like a piece of cake. Just popped her out, put a flower on her head and took some photos. Nice job, Mama. Can’t wait to see more!!! She is gorgeous.

  • Rachel - Awww, I already love her. Can’t wait to see you all!

  • Jennifer Campo - She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations Chris & Ashley!

  • Kathrine - Congratulations! She is just gorgeous!

  • lesley - I love her! I can’t wait to watch her brothers interact with her. Congrats speedy.

  • bopha - Congratulations! I saw Mandy at the zoo and we were anxiously awaiting her arrival. She is adorable!

  • Lauren - I’m so glad she’s here, and perfect. She’s definitely a Campbell. I can’t wait to hold her some more!

  • beth - Congrats! I looked at your blog this morning to see your nursery, and when I looked at it again tonight, here she is! I told my husband it’s good we don’t have a daughter, or I’d have to redo her room after seeing yours. :-)

  • Serena - She is beautiful!! Congratulations :)

  • Heather Stauffer - Congrats! She is just darling!! Welcome to the girly world :)

  • meredith - Oh my! She is gorgeous! We are so happy for you. I can’t wait to get my hands on that sweet little bundle….

  • Whitney Freeman - Congrats to all of you! She is beautiful!!

  • Shanalea Atchison - Congratulations! You do make it seem easy. I can’t wait to hear the name.

  • Stephanie - Congratulations from the bottom of my heart! She is BEAUTIFUL!
    Stephanie

  • Jeannette Swan - Congratulations from the Swans!! I’m so excited for your beautiful family!!

  • Lisa - Congratulations!! What a beauty! Wishing you a quick and easy recovery. Cannot wait to see more pictures :-)

  • Chelsea Beck - Congratulations Ashley and family!! Love the flower :)

  • Mandy Metcalf - Oh yay!!! She is adorable! Congratulations!! We’re praying for you and love you!!! Anxiously awaiting the name :)

  • Ashley Smith - She is perfect. So happy for you guys. Can’t wait to see her soon!

  • Amy - She is adorable! Can’t wait to see more pics!!! Congrats to your family!!

  • sheridan - Woo Hoo she is here! So very happy for you and praying you are feeling great!

  • Sarah (CJ's Mom) - Just Lovely….God is good.

  • Jenn G. - She is so amazing and gorgeous…. so worth the wait. We are thrilled for you all and can’t wait to have my sweet Ashley back.

  • Kizzy - Congrats! Can’t wait to hear what name you have chosen!

  • Robin and Mike - She is beautiful! I know a Nana who is smitten, too:)

  • Crystal - She’s bea-u-tiful! Congratulations!

  • Chrissy - Congrats on your new bundle of joy!!! Little girls are just WONDERFUL! She looks precious … enjoy!

  • Sarah - Ashley and Chris, we are so happy for you. She is beautiful! Congratulations!!

  • amy stamm - AWE PRECIOUS!!!!!! Congrats from Indiana

  • Jesse - Congrats she is beautiful!

  • Melissa - Congrats! She is just beautiful and I love the big white flower on her hat. Enjoy that little baby girl, they grow up too fast!

    Love your blog!

  • amanda torres - she is just beautiful! congrats…and welcome to the world of pink, bows, and flowers!

  • Ashley Green - Congratulations Chris and Ashley! She is beautiful!!!

  • Denise - Cute Cute Cute! What a doll. I am so happy for all 6 of you. What a perfect little pink gift!

  • Cindy Scorsone - Congrats! She is so beautiful!

  • Cassie Raney - Congrats! She is a doll! Can’t wait to see all those first snuggles with her brothers!

  • Shelby A - She’s beautiful! Hope you’re doing well, too :)

  • julie - gorgeous. what is it about sweet baby girls with big flowers on their tiny heads??? Congrats!

  • Liz Pray - Congrats Ashley and Chris, we are so excited for you, I can’t wait to show Cohen, Corbett’s new baby sister! You will cherish each moment with her I know….looking at her in awe that she is a girl (I still do that almost everyday w/ Caroline Grace) Love you guys!

  • Kari - Congratulations!!! She is beautiful! May God bless you and your precious family!

  • Carrie - WOW! Welcome to the world of girls! She’s beautiful! Name??????

  • keely steger - praise God for a healthy baby! congratulations!!

  • Emily Beaty - Congratulations!!! She’s sooo cute!

  • Ari - Congrats to you both! She is precious!
    Ari

  • Amanda Weber - Congrats! She is precious!

  • Ryan - Congrats to the Campbell family! :)

  • Sharon Phillips - your baby boys caught my eye, because they were is cute.But you out did yourself this sweet baby girl is darling.